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Senior Health & Lifestyles
Angela Martin

February is American Heart Month

American Heart Month has taken place since 1964, when it was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson. More than 40 percent of Americans have high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is

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How to Dispose of Unused Medication

If you have leftover or unused medications, you must dispose of them safely. The advice for many years was simply to flush away old prescriptions. But experts no longer think it wise to flush medications down the toilet or put

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Are You Taking Too Much Medication?

Correct use of medication is a common concern in elder care. Many seniors receive prescriptions from multiple doctors, and often there is no one monitoring the big picture. A 2013 study from the Mayo Clinic found that seven of ten

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Veteran Visits “The Wall” After Many Years

Shepherd’s Staff In-home Care caregiver Jim shared this story about his client, a Vietnam war veteran: John, a 70-year-old Vietnam war veteran, has advanced Parkinson’s disease and limited mobility. During our early visits, John showed me his Air Force pictures

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Donors Beware! Don't Become a Victim

Donors beware. Holiday time is traditionally a time for giving, but donors need to be aware that there are scam artists ready to take advantage of generous hearts. Maryland Gov. Hogan has issued a warning to alert citizens of such

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Keeping Your Balance

About eight million Americans have balance problems and one in three Americans over age 65 will fall every year. Injuries from falls, like a fractured hip, can change a senior’s life in ways seniors fear most—isolation and loss of independence.

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Communicating with Someone Who Has Dementia

This post is adapted from an article by Shepherd’s Staff caregiver Bunny O’Dell If someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease or some type of dementia, you may be finding it increasingly uncomfortable to communicate effectively. It is easy to fall

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The Art of Happy Aging

Aging is not something society tends to view in a particularly positive way most of the time. But aging is a process to be celebrated as much as any other period in the full cycle of life. It is a

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10 Tips for Reducing Stress

Stress may be a fact of life, but you don’t have to let it build until it causes a serious health problem. Here are 10 ways you can reduce stress, whether it results from your job, from caregiving, or from

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Take Medications Correctly!

In the United States, more than 125,000 people die annually from a failure to take medications properly. At least 10 percent of all hospital admissions are a result of this problem. For seniors, the statistics are particularly alarming: • Up

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Senior Health & Lifestyles
Angela Martin

Stay Healthy in Hot Weather!

Summer Health Tips for Seniors The heat of summer is here, so this is a good time to review some vital safety tips for seniors.  Elderly persons are more prone to the effects of heat and at greater risk for

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